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Late Bronze Age structure, Iron Age pits and late medieval fied boundaries at Drumroe, Co. Offaly

July, 2011 · Written by: Eachtra Print This Page This entry is part 11 of 33 in the Issue 11

Archaeological Excavation Report

Late Bronze Age structure, Iron Age pits and late medieval field boundaries

The excavated remains at Drumroe comprised a Bronze Age house, a group of pits and a number of field boundaries. The area of excavation measured 35 m north-south by 110 m east-west.  The Bronze Age house was located at the eastern end of the site. The house measured 7 m in diameter. It was defined by two incomplete rings of post-holes and slot trenches, the inner ring was concentric with the outer.  No trace of the rear of the structure survived. The porch measured c. 1 m in width by 1.7 m in length and faced directly east. A widely dispersed group of sixteen pits and field boundaries were recorded in the western portion of the site. The boundaries were of relict field systems. At least three phases of ditches were recorded and a broad typology of ditches can be associated with the three phases.

Authors: Enda O’Mahony and John Tierney

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